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Are You Entitled to Help with Health Costs (HCS1)

This publication has been updated and replaced by Are You Entitled to Help with Health Costs (HCS1)

HCS 1: Are You Entitled to Help with Health Costs?

DescriptionPublic information document - help with health costs.
ISBN
Official Print Publication DateOctober 2008
Website Publication DateOctober 28, 2008

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NHS prescriptions • NHS dental treatment • Glasses, contact lenses and eye examinations • NHS wigs and fabric supports • Travel to hospital for NHS treatment

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Contents

Introduction
How to use this document
Free NHS prescriptions
Free NHS dental treatment
NHSoptical vouchers
Repair or replacement of glasses or contact lenses
Free NHS wigs and fabric supports from a hospital
Travel costs (to hospital for NHS treatment)

AGE GROUPS

Children under 16 and young people in full-time education aged 16, 17 and 18
Other young people
People aged 60 or over

INCOME GROUPS

People getting benefits or Tax Credits
Income Support
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Other benefits
Tax Credits
The NHS Low Income Scheme

OTHER GROUPS

People with specified medical conditions, including needing help to go out
Prescription Pre-payment Certificates
Sexually Transmissible Infections ( STI)
Tuberculosis patients
Pregnant women or women who have had a baby in the previous 12 months
People registered blind or partially sighted
People who have lost or damaged their glasses or contact lenses
People with impaired hearing
People who live in a care home
Young people supported by a local authority after leaving care
NHShospital in-patients
NHShospital out-patients
NHShospital dental service patients
NHShospital eye department patients
People who travel to hospital for NHS treatment
People living in the council areas of Highland, Argyll & Bute, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland
War pensioners
People from abroad

FURTHER ADVICE

Claiming help when you go for treatment
Claiming free prescriptions
Claiming free dental treatment
NHSvouchers for glasses or contact lenses
Repair or replacement of glasses or contact lenses
Claiming help with travel costs to and from hospital
NHSwigs and fabric supports from a hospital
Information about checks of entitlement
How to claim a refund
Prescription charge refunds
Prescription Pre-payment Certificate ( PPC) refunds
Other refunds
NHSdental treatment refunds
Glasses or contact lens refunds
Lost or damaged glasses or contact lenses
Hospital travel costs refunds
Refunds for wigs and fabric supports
The Penalty Charge
Threatening behaviour/acts of violence
Further information
Health costs advice lines
NHSTax Credit Exemption Certificates
Other health advice

PROOF OF ENTITLEMENT TABLES

Proof of entitlement tables
Free NHS prescriptions
Free NHS dental treatment
Free NHS sight tests and optical vouchers